Devin Haney, Shakur Stevenson, Gervonta Davis and Andy Cruz have emerged as the boxers earmarked for domination.
Haney is the undisputed champion, leading the division, while Davis has been dubbed the ‘face of boxing’ following his win over Ryan Garcia.
Meanwhile, Stevenson has arrived in the division by looking to call out all the big names. And yet, Cruz may be the unknown quantity in the equation, having just turned professional this year.
However, his pedigree shows a future that is no doubt being talked about. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Cruz beat Keyshawn Davis, who himself has gone on to light up the pro ranks as his record stands at 8-0 (6KOs).
That quartet has drawn parallels with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran.
But whether the current four end up fighting each other, just as the throwback fighters did, is anyone’s guess.
The promotional companies that are involved with the current crop of lightweights has made it much more difficult to get the big fights made: Case in point Bob Arum.
“We’re not gamblers. You know we’ll take risks but we’re not gamblers. I mean to put up tremendous guarantees for that fight, to make a couple of dollars if you’re lucky probably, to lose considerable money, why do it,” Arum
He made it clear that a potential Davis and Stevenson fight could lose money. And yet, those are precisely the type of fights that the boxing community has been hoping for.
Social Media Reaction
It’s unfortunate. That’s something the fans would love to see. IMO Shakur is the best in that division. They are the 2 top dogs. Haneys good. But I find his style boring from a fans standpoint. Shakur VS Davis is the biggest fight you can make IMO. Overseas it’s Usyk VS Fury.
— Ryan Murray (@RyanMurray1982) May 17, 2023
Bob is saying that he doesn't want to pay big bucks for the fighters to fight and rather keep the big bucks for him…
— OddFutureRebel (@OddFutureRebel) May 18, 2023
He crazy , that fight is almost as big as tank vs Ryan
— c_bryson (@c_bryson_) May 17, 2023